Nigel Harper

01423 866199

Harvest Lunch: on a beautiful sunny afternoon on October 6 around 35 friends and their families sat down to a wonderful buffet lunch in the village hall following the Harvest Thanksgiving service at St Thomas, which raised £160 for church funds. Thank you to everyone contributing savouries, salads and sweets, as well as raffle prizes. Particular thanks to Alma for helping set up in the morning and to everyone who pitched in at the end to help with washing up.

The latest on the appointment of a new Rector: following a meeting with the Arch Deacon in September, a small group of representatives from the five parishes in the benefice (Scotton and Lingerfield, Farham and Ferrensby, Arkendale, Staveley and Copgrove) has been drawing up a profile of the benefice; its strengths as well as the challenges, and setting out what qualities we are looking for in the new Rector. Once the profile and person specification have been agreed by the parishes, this will be followed in early November by a meeting with the Bishop of Knaresborough, after which the post will be advertised and interviews held in either December or January. Each parish is expected to have a representative on the selection panel, and it is hoped to have a new Rector in post in the early part of next year. In contrast to previous vacancies when matters have progressed only slowly, this time the process seems to be moving quickly. In the meantime services are being held by our three Readers and retired clergy to whom we are very grateful.

Christmas Fayre: the traditional St Thomas Christmas Fayre, which has been held in the village for over 50 years, will this year be held on Saturday, November 9 opening at 2pm in the village hall. Admission is free but donations to the church repair fund will be welcome. Early-bird bargains and fun for all the family including: tombola, raffle, toys, books, games, gifts, bric-a-brac, produce, cakes and wonderful home-made teas. Contributions for the stalls gratefully accepted as well as tombola and raffle prizes. We can collect. Phone Margaret on 01423867534 or Alma on 01423 868099, or contact Nigel at Barnstones with tombola prizes on 01423 866199. We look forward to a big crowd!

Dog Fouling: following the September parish council, when complaints about the amount of dog mess on the pinfold opposite the Guy Fawkes and on Main Street in particular were raised, HBC have written to say that dog wardens will be targeting the village both visible and undercover. They will also be putting up dog fouling notices. If you see anyone causing offence you can help the dog wardens by reporting offenders on 01423 500600 - if possible giving the name and address of the person and a description of the dog. The wardens have issued 150 fixed penalty notices across Harrogate District and offenders could face a heavy fine. After a period of time the dog wardens will contact the parish council to see if any improvement has taken place.

Bonfire Night: on Tuesday, November 5 the Scotton bonfire will be held again on the cricket field, when by tradition no Guy is burned, with a firework display by Ferensby Fireworks and hot food, bar and hot drinks provided by the cricket club. Fire lighting is around 6.30pm. As the village bonfire attracts large crowds from outside the village parking can be chaotic not to say dangerous for children walking along the dark roads, so it would be appreciated if visitors could as far as possible park at Percy Fields rather than on the roads. Bonfire night is also expected to coincide with the grand opening of the Guy Fawkes pub, and event long anticipated by the village. For anyone interested Peter and Martin are advertising for part-time and casual waiting and bar staff. Contact the Guy Fawkes on 01423 868400.

Church Services: for Sunday, October 20, 21st after Trinity, Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at St Thomas at 8.30am, and 10am at the Methodist Church.